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New Courses & Support for Newton Rigg Students
From September 2021, we will be offering new courses in land-based studies & uniformed public services and are accepting Newton Rigg applications for the second year of study in four course areas.
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Course Mode
Start Date
Start Time
2 Years
End Date

Land-Based Studies

New for September 2021, we will be offering specialist land-based education in Cumbria!

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Course Overview

This course will be taught in the Penrith area.

Level 3 Forestry & Aboriculture: What you need to know...
- Designed as a two-year course
- Equivalent to three A-Levels
- Created alongside employers
- Include an extended industry placement (315 hours minimum)
- Attracts UCAS points
- Supports progression into a skilled occupation; higher or degree level apprenticeships; higher level technical study, including university

These Level 3 technical qualifications will provide learners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to progress into skilled employment or higher-level technical training or study in the Forestry and Arboriculture Sector.

The core content for the Level 3 will cover the following areas:
- Land based Machinery
- Plant and soil Science
- Tree felling and Chainsaw Use
- Identification of Pests and Disease
- Establishing Trees

The breadth of content will ensure learners can apply their skills for different purposes and in different roles.

The specialisms are Forestry or Arboriculture.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at level 4 or above (including English & Maths) or a level 2 diploma qualification in Agriculture.

Applicant with non-traditional routes into education (including adult returners and those with home schooling) may apply and your suitability will be assessed by interview and possible supporting written tasks.

Students are expected to have appropriate clothing for outdoor work and your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is mandatory. Travel to local sites for practical sessions is included, but you will be asked for a contribution for any optional trips or residentials.

After Your Course

Support progression into a skilled occupation; higher or degree level apprenticeships; higher-level technical study, including university.

Progression could include:
- Employment
- Forester
- Tree surgeon
- Self employed tree worker
- Degrees
- Forestry
- Forest management
- Land management
- Agroforestry



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/21
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with the intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low-income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course


The fees displayed are for the 1-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please contact us for the cost of the second year as it will be different.

Level 3-6 Courses for Adults

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.

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5 May 2021 16:00 – 20:00